“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
I believe Trump retained Alan Dershowitz as one of his impeachment defense counsel because of the book Dershowitz wrote 1n 2018. “The Case Against Impeaching Trump.” Dershowitz claims Trump cannot be impeached because he committed no crime. No crime, no impeachment.
Dershowitz’s opinion a minority one.
The majority opinion is to the effect that violation of an established crime is not required. Such scholars are of the opinion the Founding Fathers left the standard loose to cover things they could not even think of.
The Constitution does not define “impeachment” precisely. Rather in general terms: “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Loose language. Possible of encompassing many things.
As a result, most Constitutional scholars believe grounds for impeachment do not have to involve the breach of a criminal statute.
The Harvard Law Review 12/10/18 published the article “High Crimes Without Law.” Spelled out therein: “The majority view is that a president can legally be impeached for intentional, evil deeds that dramatically subvert the Constitution and involve an unforgivable abuse of the presidency – even if those deeds didn’t violate any criminal laws.”
Again, it is obvious that the Founding Fathers had the vision to keep the application of impeachment loose. Basically, if it looks wrong, it is wrong. The Duck Test is like a sniff test. If what has been done stinks, impeachment might very well apply.
Trump’s conduct show he failed both tests.
It is going to be interesting to see how many Republican Senators understand the Duck and Stink Tests. There is nothing difficult in applying both to the facts and coming up with a decision removing Trump from the White House.
The women of America showed their disdain for Trump the day following his inauguration. The Women’s March. Millions of ladies on the road nationwide.
The results of the 2018 election show the women remained involved. The House results prove it.
Yesterday, The Women’s March group held rallies in 180 cities. The turnout, though less than the day following Trump’s inauguration, significant. Guaranteed more as election day comes closer.
One of the Washington marchers best described Trump. The “biggest bully in the world.”
Trump will find it difficult to win later this year with the attitude of the ladies of America being such.
Victory, Victory, Victory! Syracuse won again yesterday. Beat Virginia Tech 71-69. Terrific game. In the final 7.4 seconds, it was Boeheim’s coaching that guaranteed the win.
Notre Dame wednesday.
Last night enjoyable, also. Dinner with Donna and Terri at their home. Donna cooked.
I have said it before and say it again, Donna is an absolute talent in the kitchen
The menu simple. Chicken soup with matzoh balls and sandwiches made from the soup chicken.
Donna made the chicken soup friday. Boiled 10 pieces of chicken for several hours,. Some vegetables thrown in. She made the matzoh balls.
The sandwiches sourdough bread. The chicken pieces moist and tasty.
All I can say is WOW! What a meal!
Cannot forget Bear. He must eat well, also. Has never tasted table food. Bear is not yet 18 months old. Weighs 88 pounds. My wives tell me he is still growing.
Lynda Frechette. A Key West jewel!
For something like 12 years Lynda has been organizing and running Aqua Idols. A fundraiser for the Waterfront Playhouse.
A successful endeavor each year.
Lynda searches Key West for singing talent. Convinces those she discovers to participate in Aqua Idol. A multiple week contest involving 16 performers. A weekly elimination involved.
Lynda has announced that the evening of the event has changed. It has been a Tuesday event. No more. Wednesday evenings.
First show of the new season January 22. Show runs 6:30-8. Suggest you get to Aqua around 5. The place a bit later will be jammed and you will not be able to get a seat.
Another worthwhile Key West event is the annual Historic Key West Cemetery Stroll. Another activity I suggest you not miss.
The Key West Cemetery is full of interesting history. Local, national, and militarily. Many of the Battleship Maine sailors buried there. The stones of locals tell interesting stories. The best in my opinion has always been: I Told You I Was Sick.
Virginia and the Second Amendment will be under attack tomorrow in Virginia. There may be blood on the streets. Rallies opposing each other. For gun restrictions, against gun restrictions.
Videos of those against gun control are on the internet. They are uninformed up and bearing all type military equipment. Guns alone appear formidable.
The Governor has already called out the national guard.
Trump is helping. He announced yesterday his support in effect for the wannabe soldiers supporting guns. He tweeted “They are trying to take away your Second Amendment rights.”
Blood on the streets? Trump will bear a portion of the responsibility.
Enjoy your Sunday!
The Virginia governor is fanning the flames, secretly hoping for violence to support their cause. Just as he did in Charlottesville, allowing local authorities to stand down and allow the Antifa thugs in. Result, one of the white supremicists was chased down a street trying to avoid being beaten, and he hit protestors.
Had they let the original, legal-marchers alone, and ignored them, nothing bad would have occurred.
What a twisted bunch of Bull Sh*t
They should drop a net over those gun nuts while they have them all in one place.
Lou, I doubt this will have anything to do with ANY Republican Senators understanding the Duck and Stink Tests. Rather it will be if ANY Republican Senators will do the right thing about it or if they will ignore the facts/truth and vote to NOT remove, strictly for party solidarity. My guess is the latter and hope they will be forever tainted for having done so.
In any real court of law, Trump would be charged with jury tampering for having publicly threatened to have them primaried (or otherwise punished) for not supporting him in this issue. Probably just for discussing ANY part of the trial with them, certainly for colluding with Moscow Mitch.